A Shiloh Christmas

A Shiloh Christmas

For Ages: 8 - 12
A rescued beagle and his boy owner seek love and understanding for their troubled small town in this holiday companion to the Newbery Medal–winning Shiloh, from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Christmas is coming and Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh are sure glad about that—for their town is running low on love and understanding and they hope that the joy of the holiday will bring with it the generosity of spirit that’s so lacking.

It’s been a year since Marty Preston rescued Shiloh from Judd Travers and his cruel ways, and since then, Marty and Shiloh have been inseparable. Anywhere Marty goes, the beagle’s at his side, and Marty couldn’t be happier about that. Even Judd has been working to improve his reputation.

But just as the townsfolk grow more accepting of Judd, a fire in the woods destroys many homes, including Judd’s, and Judd’s newly formed reputation. Doubt, blame, and anger spread faster than the flames—flames that are fanned by the new minister, who seems fonder of fire and brimstone than love and mercy. And why are his daughters so skittish around him? And what’s happened to Judd’s dogs? With Christmas right around the corner, Marty has a lot of questions, and getting the right answers might just take a Christmas miracle.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s fourth book in the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh series—following Shiloh, Shiloh Season, and Saving Shiloh—“seamlessly interlaces themes of tolerance, compassion, and forgiveness…[and] explores the interconnectedness of family members, communities, and the dogs they love” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

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A Shiloh Christmas

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

About the Book

Marty and his beagle, Shiloh, have been inseparable since Marty rescued Shiloh from Judd Travers’s cruel treatment. Anywhere Marty goes, Shiloh’s by his side, and Marty couldn’t be happier about that. Even Judd has changed his ways and is trying to live a better life, to be a better person.

When a fire breaks out near Judd’s property, Marty risks his life to save Judd’s dogs, but the dogs run away after they are set free from the danger of fire. As Marty and Shiloh search for them, Shiloh also goes missing, and Marty is beside himself. Then, townsfolk start blaming Judd for the fire! With Christmas just around the corner, Marty tries to remain hopeful—that the Christmas spirit will bring love and generosity to his town, and Shiloh home.

Discussion Questions

1. Many people in the community neither like nor approve of Judd Travers even though he is trying to change. How does Judd prove to the townspeople that he has changed?

2. Judd, Marty, and Rachel have all been influenced by their parents. How has the parental influence felt by each character shaped that character’s life and personality?

3. Marty thinks Dara Lynn is exaggerating when she talks about Ruthie’s father and the punishment he administers. Do yo see more

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About the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and its sequels, the Alice series, Roxie and the Hooligans, and Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

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